Former M:Communications staff nab energy clients for new venture Vigo

A host of ex-M:Communications clients have moved across to newly launched Vigo Communications, co-founded by a former senior member of M:'s energy team.

Lucrative: Vigo Communications's launch clients are predominantly oil and energy companies
Lucrative: Vigo Communications's launch clients are predominantly oil and energy companies

The strategic comms venture has been created by former M: consultant Chris McMahon and Peter Reilly, an energy market veteran who has held senior positions at BP, BG E&P and Enterprise Oil.

PRWeek understands other former M: staffers are set to join up with the venture once contractual issues relating to their departures are ironed out.

It is believed that Patrick d'Ancona, the leader of M:'s energy and renewables practice, and M: consultant Ben Simons are likely to become part of Vigo's launch team in due course.

Vigo declined to comment on future additions to the team.

The agency launches with a collection of former M: clients, including energy firms such as Australian-listed Dart Energy and North Sea oil specialist and summer IPO candidate Hurricane Energy.

Other former M: clients known to be working with Vigo are Falklands Islands energy exploration firm Rockhopper Exploration, Africa-focused gas exploration company Tower Resources and AIM and Toronto-listed energy firm Caza Oil & Gas.

Despite the energy specialism of its launch clients, Vigo intends to be a full-service agency also focusing in particular on the mining and media sectors.

Peter Reilly, Vigo director and co-founder, said the agency's 'guiding principle' would be 'the highest quality delivery of our services to clients'.

He said: 'This will be undertaken by a team combining both corporate and advisory experience, bringing a balanced perspective to our advice.

'I am very pleased we are able to launch with a number of clients on board, an endorsement we feel reflects on the quality of our offering and provides us with a platform on which to build the business across a range of sectors.'

The client and staff departures from M: follow the resignation of a number of senior figures, including Patrick d'Ancona and M: co-founders Nick Miles and Hugh Morrison (PRWeek, 1 March).

Other M: energy and exploration clients to have left the agency in recent weeks include oil service company Cape to Buchanan and Shaft Sinkers Holdings, the London-listed underground excavation firm, which has moved to Aura Financial.

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